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LODESTAR 2nd Opening @ Schack 10/15!

Sending our very best wishes as we collectively navigate new waters and unexpected storms literally and metaphorically.  These are curious and difficult times!  If you need an escape, let us tell you what we have been up to:

We have been busy!  Working through Spring and Summer to launch our solo installation/exhibition in Schack Art Center’s beautiful 1000 + sq. ft. exhibition space with 16 detailed sculptures including image, glass and steel fully engaged our senses and now, after four days of installation, our show is on, having opened last Thursday with the Harvest Moon.  

We have added a second opening on Sunday, October 15, 2 – 5, and will host a walk-thru/discussion beginning @ 3.  Contemplating our minimal use of color in these works and backing several with the color of midnight, we have stories & discoveries to share.  And we invite your discoveries as you experience this unique installation that includes revisits to our earliest collaborative efforts and our latest work with image in blown glass.

No RSVP necessary … hope to see you and please spread the word!

PS.  You can access our Artist Statement for Lodestar here

Spring News!

Happy Spring to all!
Wherever you are, we hope birds are singing and buds are blooming and you are experiencing an interlude of calm and joy.  Spring provides that for us, even in these curious times!

We are excited to announce our upcoming shows, including a show we are curating.  Here they are in chronological order:

New Voices:  A Glass Exhibition
Curated by Sabrina Knowles & Jenny Pohlman
Columbia City Gallery
Seattle, WA

Hello Friends!

We have curated a show at Columbia City Gallery, the gallery’s first exhibition in glass featuring five emerging artists who assisted us during our residencies at Museum of Glass, 2014 and Pilchuck Glass School, 2015.

We’d love to see you on Saturday, July 1, 5 – 7, for the opening reception!  Show runs through August 13.

New Voices:  An Exhibition in Glass
June 28 – August 13
Reception:  Saturday, July 1, 5 – 7 p.m.

Kristin Elliot
Jazz Mom
Trenton Quiocho
Joe Sircoulomb
Tyrone St. Ours

Thank you for your support of these new and resonant voices!


Habatat 45th Glass International Award Exhibition
Habatat Galleries
Royal Oaks, MI

April 29 to July 21, 2017
Grand Opening Saturday, April 29, 8 – 11 p.m.

We are unable to attend this year’s event but say ‘Hat’s Off!’ to Corey, Aaron, Debbie and their incredible team for hosting the oldest and largest annual exhibit focused on studio glass in the United States!  Here are our offerings this year:

I Saw … 2017 Original image; screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown, sculpted, mirrored, sand-carved and sandblasted glass; steel, patina
 27 x 19 x 5

Himba Portrait series 2017, Pohlman Knowles

Cumulus 2017
Original image; screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown and sandblasted glass; steel
51 x 29 x 7

Glass Art Society Member Juried Exhibition
Glass Wheel Gallery
Norfolk, VA

May 27 to July 16, 2017
Opening reception Friday, June 2, 6 – 10 p.m.

We thank the jury for inviting us to participate in this GAS Member Juried Exhibition designed to showcase the excellence and diversity of work created in glass by Glass Art Society members during the 46th annual conference, Reflections from the Edge:  Glass, Art and Performance.  We will be attending the opening reception on June 2!

Child, Namibia 2016, Pohlman Knowles

Child, Namibia 2016                                                                                                           Original image; screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown, sculpted, mirrored, sandblasted glass; copper, steel, patina
31 x 24 x 7.

Transparency: An LGBTQ+ Glass Art Exhibition
National Liberty Museum
Philadelphia, PA

June 2 to August 6, 2017
Opening reception Friday, June 9

For more than 40 years, LGBTQ+ identifying people have gathered in the month of June to commemorate their struggles, celebrate their identities, and advocate for their communities.

For Pride 2017, the National Liberty Museum will host the nation’s FIRST museum exhibit of studio glass works produced exclusively by artists of the LGBTQ+ community.

We are pleased to show the following works in this historic exhibition with our fantastic friends and colleagues and regret we are unable to attend the opening.

Himba portrait series, Pohlman Knowles 2017

Mirror, Himba Portrait series 2016
Original image; screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown, mirrored, sandblasted glass; steel
27 x 15 x 5

Homage series 2017, Pohlman Knowles

Transparent, Homage series 2017
Blown and sculpted glass, steel, patina
31 x 28 x 8


Schack Art Center
Everett, WA
October, 2017

Stay tuned for updated news on this solo exhibition opening October 5!


Thank you all for your interest and support!  It means more than you will ever know.  Contact us anytime with questions or to schedule a studio tour.

That’s all for now!  Wishing you well …….
Sabrina & Jenny

Sabrina Knowles and Jenny Pohlman


Happy New Year and so much more …

We Marched.  We …

Resolute, united and kind, we marched, slowly walked actually  … 175,000 of us, no incident of violence witnessed, no voice of hatred heard …
citizens of our United States of America, defiant.




Great news!  A new gallery is opening in San Francisco and we are showing six new works at the opening on February 2.  Would love to see you there!

Montague Gallery

Child with Flowers    2017
Original image; screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown, sand-carved,
sandblasted and mirrored glass; steel with patina
17.5 x 17 x 3

Wishing you unexpected wonders and joy in this New Year!

(This magnificent giant Sequoia is only two blocks from our home:)

Second Wind opens Tonight!

“Child, Namibia,” 2016 Original image; screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown, sculpted, mirrored, sandblasted glass; copper, steel, patina

“Child, Namibia,” 2016
Original image; screen-printed enamels, kiln-fired, blown, sculpted, mirrored, sandblasted glass; copper, steel, patina 31 x 24 x 7

Untitled, Himba Portrait series 2016 Original image & text; screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown, sand-carved, sandblasted, mirrored glass; steel, patina 24 x 24 x 7

Untitled, Himba Portrait series 2016
Original image & text; screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown, sand-carved, sandblasted, mirrored glass; steel, patina
24 x 24 x 7

Big thank you to the Duane Reed Gallery team – Duane, Glenn, Merrill and Ethan – for the fabulous installation of our show Second Wind that opens tonight, which is why you have not heard from us in awhile!  Clicking on our show title accesses an on-line catalog – thanks Duane and Glenn for that, too!

This very new work originated with Sabrina’s desire to reveal the emotional element of our portraiture of Himba women – whom we met in 2008 in northern Namibia – in blown glass.  She came to this decision after living with their portraits in our studios for several months upon our return from a two-month journey to South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. Continue reading

Autumn Art News

Art AIDS America
Tacoma Art Museum

David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (Bufflaoes), 1994

David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (Bufflaoes), 1994

“Art AIDS America is an epic and a national treasure. “  Jen Graves, The Stranger, 10/07/15

“I have never been to a show where I have wanted to read everything.  Suddenly, it was closing time … I couldn’t believe I had been there that long.”  Jeanne Brennan

Rock Huschka, lead curator of Tacoma Art Museum, has been working on this show for a decade with his co-curator Jonathan David Katz.  Arts AIDS America is a gathering of artworks that tell the story of the reality and horror of death in America in the 80s and 90s, and is a vision Hushka had as an art student in the 80s.  It is a must-see.  Closing date:  1/10/16

Show your support of this critical and vital exhibition here.

SOFA Chicago
November 5 – 8

"Himba Blue" 2015 Original image, screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown and sandblasted glass; ferrous and non-ferrous metals 20" x 19" x 5"

“Himba Blue” 2015
Original image; screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown and sandblasted glass; ferrous and non-ferrous metals
20″ x 19″ x 5″

Thank you to Duane Reed Gallery for showing three new works from our Himba Portrait series at SOFA Chicago.  We hope to see you there!

Mace & Kirkpatrick
Every Soil Bears Not Everything

"Making Before Meaning: Paintbrush Group" 2007 Glass, wood, sisal, dye, steel Purple brush: 77 x 16 x 10

“Making Before Meaning: Paintbrush Group” 2007
Glass, wood, sisal, dye, steel
Purple brush: 77 x 16 x 10

Museum of Glass opened “Every Soil Bears Not Everything“, a major review of Flora’s and Joey’s careers, which now span thirty-six years. This survey exhibition highlights their prolific bodies of work and is accompanied by an extensive publication.  Thru May 15, 2016.  Hat’s off to you both!


Pohlman Knowles’ Summer Shows

Bodies + Beings

Abmeyer + Wood
Thursday, July 2 – August 21
Reception:  Thursday, July 2, 5 – 8 p.m.

We are pleased to announce that we are participating in this group exhibition along with the following artists:

William Morris
Ross Richmond
Patti Warashina
Richard Notkin
Adrian Arleo
Margaret Keelan
Calvin Ma
Erika Sanada
Jason Walker
Christopher David White
Jacob Foran
Cynthia Consentio

Abmeyer + Wood was founded in 2012 by Jonathan Wood, former employee of Friesen Gallery of the same location, 1210 Second Avenue, just behind New Archetypes, the towering stainless steel columns created in 1990 by Anne and Patrick Poirier. Abmeyer + Wood strives to bring the best in contemporary arts to the Pacific Northwest through a roster of nationally recognized artists from the region and beyond.

Stainless columns

New Archetypes by Anne and Patrick Poirier, 1990 on Seattle’s Second Avenue

Wunderkammer:  Artifacts, False Memories and Projections

Foss Waterway Seaport
Maritime Museum
Thursday, July 16 (evening reception) – August 29
Opening at Maritime Fest:
Saturday, July 18 (10-6); Sunday, July 19 (10-5)

“Wunderkammer: Artifacts, False Memories and Projections”,  curated by Lisa Kinoshita of Tacoma’s Moss + Mineral, is a contemporary exhibit inspired by the wunderkammers (cabinets of curiosity) first filled by early European voyagers, that expanded knowledge of the known world.

The goal of this show is to stimulate the viewer’s imagination in a direct way that is unusual in the Google age (but more usual during the Renaissance) through sculpture or mixed media work that forces the viewer to consider its authenticity, and/or reason for being.

This exhibition will be installed in the Seaport’s historic and inspiring Balfour Dock Building, renovated in 2014 by Olson Kundig Architects.


Foss Waterway Seaport’s historic Balfour Building



Piece Gallery

122 East Meadow Drive
Vail, Colorado 81657

It was not easy to say goodbye to one of the most outstanding art dealers we have worked with but we are wishing Sandy Sardella a most enjoyable retirement after dedicating 25 years to handling glass artwork in three Colorado locations under Pismo Galleries.  We miss her more than we can say.

But!  The exciting news is that Eva Pobjecka, director of the Vail location, has reopened the gallery under the name Piece Gallery and she will be showing our work.  Her website will be available soon; we will keep you posted!


That’s all and Happy Summer!

Knowles & Pohlman’s Pilchuck Glass School Residency

Pilchuck Campus in Spring

Pilchuck Campus in Spring

Hooray!  We are nearly ready for our five-day residency at Pilchuck Glass School May 7 – 11!  We’ve got our ideas, our tools, our color and our dynamic team of four:  Kristin Elliot, Trenton Quiocho, Joe Sirculomb and Tyrone St. Ours.

The awesome Nancy Callan will be working with her team alongside us.  Come visit!  Register @ Pilchuck Gaffer Olympics. There’s no place quite like the Pilchuck campus in Spring!

Thank you, Pilchuck, for this generous and exciting opportunity!!

Trimpin, Pino, Jenny and Sabrina, Pilchuck campus 1992

Trimpin, Pino, Jenny and Sabrina, Pilchuck campus 1992

P.S.  In case you did not receive notification of our previous blog about Habatat Galleries‘ 43rd International Invitational, click here.  Wait a moment for the online catalog to appear.  100 artists from 22 countries show their best work!

Habatat International Invitational Opens Tomorrow!

Here is an online version of Habatat Galleries‘ 43rd International Invitational catalog, The Creative Process.  100 artists.  Incredible work.  See pages 140 & 141 for our Wheel of Liberation.  Click here for more information about our show pieces.  Show preview begins tomorrow at 11 a.m.  Activities through the weekend.  See you there?  Thank you, everyone, at Habatat Galleries for your tireless efforts on behalf of our international glass community!  What a show!


The Wheel of Liberation!

Russell Dandelion 1
Wonderful night with photographer Russell Johnson over here at Pohlman Knowles Studios last Monday ….   “The Wheel of Liberation, aka Dandelion” will get its audience at Habatat Galleries’ 43rd International Invitational June 23rd.  Yours truly will fly out early to install.  We’ve waited along time:  envisioned in 2009, completed in 2011, she has graced our studio wall for four years.

Our title, “The Wheel of Liberation,” originates with the symbology of our spears.  To us they represent self-empowerment and freedom from oppression and were born from learning the story of Nehanda during our 1997 Zimbabwe journey.

“Aka Dandelion” arose when we installed the wheel in its entirety.  It appeared to us as a dandelion gone to seed, at a time when we were learning the many healing properties of the humble dandelion.

We dedicate this wheel to the people of Cambodia who are struggling to restore their country.

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